Does inbreeding lead to decreased human fertility?

  title={Does inbreeding lead to decreased human fertility?},
  author={A. Bittles and J. C. Grant and S. G. Sullivan and R. Hussain},
  journal={Annals of Human Biology},
  pages={111 - 130}
  • A. Bittles, J. C. Grant, +1 author R. Hussain
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Human Biology
  • In most Western countries there is a widespread belief, fostered in part by historical prejudice and religious proscription, that inbreeding in human populations causes a reduction in fertility. Support for this belief has been claimed in HLA-based studies, with increased rates of fetal losses suggested in HLA-compatible unions. To critically assess the overall status of fertility in consanguineous unions, data on 30 populations resident in six countries were collated from a systematic review… CONTINUE READING
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